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Joana Cook – Senior Research Fellow

Joana Cook is a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies. Her PhD examines women in relation to post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism responses in Yemen and the wider MENA region. Her research more broadly focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices in Yemen and the wider MENA region.

Joana is also a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS); and a GTA in the department. She has previously worked with Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program (Kanishka); as Editor-in-Chief of Strife based out of the Department; and as a journalist in Canada and southern Africa.

She has presented her research to senior government and security audiences in a number of countries, and at institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and IISS (amongst others). She has also been featured in media such as Time, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and on BBC World News, Sky News, BBC Radio, the National Post and CBC.

She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Regina, and a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF). She will complete her PhD in autumn 2017.

Selection of major publications and presentations:

  • Cook, Joana. “Women in terrorism and counter terrorism.” Single-authored monograph. Hurst Publishers. Expected 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Avoiding the Prevent Pitfalls.” Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security (GIWPS), Georgetown University. Occasional paper series. Forthcoming 2017.
  • Cook, Joana. “Human Security: A contribution to countering violent extremism.” Book chapter in Women and Human Security.(currently under review). Forthcoming 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Shifting Priorities: How International Terrorism and the ‘War on Terror’ Reconstitute Security Agendas – Women, Counterterrorism and the Case of Yemen. Book chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy,edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan. 2017.
  • Cook, Joana. “Security sector reform and restructuring in Yemen.” Presentation at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), “Yemen’s Forgotten War.” December 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “The role of security sector reform in Yemen’s stability and security.” Presentation at Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, August 24 – 27, 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “Our main concern is security” Women’s political participation, engagement in the security sector, and public safety in Yemen.” Book Chapter in Rebuilding Yemen: Political, economic and social challengesedited by Dr. Noel Brehony and Dr. Saud al Sarhan. Gurlach Press. September 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “Yemen’s Patronage Problem.” Sadaseries, “Why Arab States Need Security Sector Reform” on Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. July 2015
  • Cook, Joana. “Recruiters, mediators, allies, fighters? A critical examination of the roles of women in both countering and perpetrating violent extremism in Canada and the UK.” Independent report for Public Safety Canada. March 2015. (96 pages)
  • Cook, Joana “Women in violent extremist organisations.” Presentation at The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). London, UK. March 2015.